Bloomer police officer Brandon Poppe and K9 Rocky invite football fans to come have lunch with the Green Bay Packers on Friday, April 12.
A few weeks ago Poppe, who is the Bloomer K9 officer and Bloomer Police Department administrative assistant Brittany Beyer were brainstorming ideas on how to raise money for the K9 program. The next day, officer Poppe was off-duty when he received a phone call from Beyer. She told him to get right down to the police station because some Green Bay Packers were there and they wanted to raise funds for a local cause.
At first, Poppe said, he thought she was pulling his leg because she knows he likes football and is a big Packers fan, but he headed down to the station anyway. When he got there, sure enough, there were representatives from the Packers organization.
He said they talked for awhile and it was soon decided that the Packers would hold a “Lunch With The Packers” fundraiser for the Bloomer PD K9 program while they were in the area on their “Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour.”
On April 12, Green Bay Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy along with Packers alumni members, Nick Barnett, Earl Dotson, Ryan Grant, Bernardo Harris, Aaron Kampman and Scott Wells will be at the Bloomer Moose Lodge for a lunch benefiting the Bloomer Police Department K9 program. The doors will open at 11:15 a.m. and the Packers are arriving at noon. The cost is $20 per ticket and includes lunch provided by Harms Way of Bloomer.
The event will include a Question and Answer session, but no autographs will be available.
All proceeds go directly to the Bloomer Police Department K9 program. A limited number of tickets are available. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the Bloomer Police Department.
Researching the alumniplayers on the website pro-football-reference.com revealed the following facts:
• Barnet was a linebacker for 8 years with the Packers. He started and played in 107 games. He had nine interceptions for 175 yards and one touchdown.
• Dotson was a tackle for 10 years with Green Bay and started 88 of the 120 games he played in. He played in 15 playoff games during his career.
• Grant was a running back for the Packers for 6 years, played in 67 games, starting in 53 of them. While with Green Bay, he carried the ball 955 times for 4,143 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also had 93 receptions for 760 yards and two touchdowns.
• Harris was a linebacker for 7 years with the Packers. He played in 107 games, starting in 79 games. He had three interceptions for 12 yards. He’s credited with 532 tackles, 355 of those were solo and he had 7.5 quarterback sacks.
• Kampman was a defensive end and defensive tackle for 8 years with the Packers. He started 104 of the 112 games he played in. He is credited with 458 tackles of which 320 were solo tackles while he was with Green Bay.
• Wells was a center, but also played left guard one season, during his 8 years with the Packers. He started 100 out of the 111 games he played during his time with Green Bay.